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  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

These tasty turkey burgers, served on toasted focaccia and dressed with marinara sauce, are reminiscent of a sausage pizza. Shredded mozzarella combined with fresh basil melts beautifully inside these gems.

Bruce Aidells
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2008

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Recipe Summary

total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

Marinara Sauce
Burgers

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare marinara: Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cover and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in fresh tomatoes and any juices, sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have broken down, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in basil and remove from the heat. Transfer to a food processor and pulse to form a coarse-textured sauce. Return to the pan and set aside.

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  • To prepare burgers: Place turkey, scallions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 8 thin patties about 4 inches wide and 3/8 inch thick.

  • Combine 1/4 cup cheese and basil and place an equal amount in the center of 4 patties. Cover with the remaining patties and crimp the edges closed.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat (see Grilling Variation). Add burgers and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

  • Warm the marinara on the stove. To assemble the burgers, spread 3 tablespoons of marinara on each toasted focaccia, top with a burger, about 3 more tablespoons of marinara and 1 tablespoon of the remaining cheese.

  • Grilling Variation: To grill the turkey burgers, preheat a grill to medium-high. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the patties, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the marinara sauce (Step 1) for up to 5 days.

Tip: To oil the grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

265 calories; protein 33.8g; carbohydrates 13.5g; dietary fiber 2.4g; sugars 3.8g; fat 9.5g; saturated fat 4.3g; cholesterol 54mg; vitamin a iu 1073.9IU; vitamin c 20.2mg; folate 56mcg; calcium 154.8mg; iron 2.6mg; magnesium 25.7mg; potassium 380.3mg; sodium 693.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg.
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Reviews (21)

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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2011
These burgers were awesome. So easy to make. They stayed really juicy. I actually put these in wraps to eat. It helped keep the cheese in. Pros: All of the items needed to make this were things I always have in the cupboards Cons: The burgers get really thin and the cheese will sometime melt out. I just make the thicker now and Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2014
Amazing!! The whole family loved this meal!! Pros: Great natural flavors!! Cons: Needed to make more Marinara Sauce Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2014
Well-Made Turkey Burgers Having never made nor enjoyed marinara sauce this recipe was delicious. I made this for 5 people on Mother's Day and it was a hit! My finace couldn't stop talking about it the next day and told me it was his new favorite. We even plan on making a bunch to freeze for the week. I wasn't able to use focaccia as the store didn't have any but any type of pita bread will do & instead of using plum tomatoes I used whatever the grocery store had in stock. I did 1.5 of everything in the recipe and it made 6 burgers. At first I expected the mozzarella to come out during cooking but it didn't. Will definitely be a new recipe of mine!! Pros: Delicious Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2012
Easy and Yummy My fiance and I just loved these burgers! I am just a novice cook and found the recipe easy(although I did use store bought marinara). These were the best turkey burgers we have ever had ANYWHERE!!! I served it with an arugula salad which complimented the burgers nicely. This one is definitely staying on our list of go to recipes! Pros: Easy to make can substitute store made marinara Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good but Picture is not a portion size! This was good and I made the sauce like it said and will definitely have again but the picture sure makes this look bigger than what you actually get. When you divide the pound up into 4 burgers and put in the small amount of moz cheese it definitely does NOT look like the picture. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2012
Yummy! This was very tasty and quick. Would like to figure out a way to prevent the cheese from melting out though. Pros: Good taste quick to make Cons: Cheese leaks out of burgers while cooking Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/21/2013
Pretty Much a Letdown After reading all the reviews I was really disappointed by this relatively bland dinner. More like a Salisbury-style turkey Parmesan than a burger it needs a LOT of kick and the calories are likely much higher than the nutrition info suggests (do the math individually and see). I'm not a fast chef but it took FOREVER to make and took much longer than expected to reach a safe temperature without burning. We won't make this one again. Pros: Relatively healthy Cons: Lots of work; too much effort for the result Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2013
This was absolutely DELICIOUS! It's definitely on our favorites list Cons: A little time consuming - but well worth it!! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/15/2017
This took over an hour to prepare and nobody in my family liked it. I have had good experiences with these recipes but I would not make this again. Read More